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ADVANCED PILOT INSTRUMENT TIP

UNCONTROLLED
DEPARTURE
TAKING OFF IFR WITHOUT A TOWER
BY IAN J. TWOMBLY

THERE'S A REQUIREMENT in private pilot

training that a student must get experience at an airport with an operating
control tower. The reasons are obvious. Learning to use the radio, how to
work into a traffic flow, and follow ATC
instructions are essential skills.
Using that logic, an instrument
student should be required to depart
IFR from an airport without a control
tower during training. As a skill it isn't
particularly hard, but the procedures
can be mystifying if you aren't exposed
to them.
The steps involved in departing IFR
from a nontowered airport-or a towered
airport when the tower is closed-are
somewhat similar to those at a towered
airport. You get weather, obtain a clear-

ance, call on the radio when departing,
and then check in with departure control.
The primary difference is in how the
clearance is obtained. There are three
basic methods.
1. Use a remote communication
outlet. This is the easiest way to get a
clearance on the ground from a nontowered airport, if one is available. Call
up approach control or flight service
on the RCO and they will provide you
with the clearance, a release time, and a
clearance void time. These are distinct
elements. The clearance will be similar
to any other ATC route and altitude
clearance. A release time is ATC's permission to depart from the airport. It's
often immediate, such as "November
Two-Three-Alpha is released," although
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